Erect, stout species with a very showy flower having a large pink-white pouch for its lower lip. Flowers to to 9 cm wide, lip to 4.5 cm long. Large pleated leaves, oval to elliptical in shape, clasp the stem. Leaf highlighted in above photo was 16 cm long and 8.5 cm wide. Foliage pubescent.
Listed in Budd's Flora to 60 cm tall. We measured plants to 65 cm in height.
This plant is very rare in Saskatchewan, listed as an S1 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.
Habitat is wet forests and bogs.
Photos taken June 24th, wet, mossy, open spruce woods, boreal forest 450 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.
I get preachy here: please don't dig up native orchids to try to grow them in your garden. They are becoming rare in the wild due to loss of habitat and wild harvesting. By all accounts they are also quite difficult to transplant successfully from the wild. If you want to grow them in your garden, there are nurseries who grow native orchids from seed who will sell plants to you.